Day 3: Greg Burroughs manslaughter trial

Day 3: Greg Burroughs manslaughter trial
Greg Burroughs, 39, is charged in the shooting death of his then-girlfriend 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair. (Photo source: WDAM)
Greg Burroughs, 39, is charged in the shooting death of his then-girlfriend 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair. (Photo source: WDAM)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The trial of a Laurel man charged with manslaughter continued Wednesday in Franklin County.

Greg Burroughs, 39, is charged in the shooting death of his then-girlfriend 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair, who was found shot in the head inside her car at Burroughs' home in Laurel on June 1, 2017, after Burroughs called police. Sinclair died the next day.

Burroughs claims Katherine shot herself.

"After she pulled the trigger the car was still running and it was in gear, I put in park, took the key out of the ignition and I walked in and sat it right here,"  Burroughs said in police bodycam footage shown in court.

"Did Greg Burroughs inquire about Katherine's health?" Jones County District Attorney Anthony Buckley asked Laurel Police Sergeant Mark Brewer.

"From the point when I first came into contact with him until 16 minutes and 54 seconds after coming in contact with him, he never asked about her well being," Brewer answered.

"When he did ask, how did he ask you? Buckley asked.

"Is she still breathing?" Brewer said.

The focus of the jurors was then taken away from the scene and shifted to testimony from Katherine's father.

"My life has changed. You know, just days of sadness and sometimes depression," Scott Sinclair said.

Katherine lived with her father on Lake Eddins in Jasper County. That's been her home since she was a teenager.

During testimony, it was revealed that Katherine had an anger problem and was reaching out to area mental health facilities for help.

"Katherine says I'd like to see a therapist or psychologist. I am 99% sure I have early signs of schizophrenia," Defense Attorney Tracy Klein said.

That was a text message Sinclair sent to her father prior to her death that the defense showed in court. As the state pointed out, her appointment was scheduled for just three days after her death.

It was also revealed that Burroughs made a phone call to a family friend before calling 911.

"Kyle, I need you to get over here. Katherine has shot herself in the head in my garage and is dead," Kyle Robertson said describing the phone call from Burroughs. "I told Greg to hang up the phone and call 911."

Robertson is an attorney and also serves as the Municipal Court Judge for the city of Laurel. He is also the victim's uncle through marriage.

As testimonies continued to unravel, the state introduced Jacob Burchfield, a forensic scientist from the Mississippi Crime Lab who specializes in trace evidence. Burchfield testified that gun residue was found on the hands of both Burroughs and Sinclair.

Gunshot residue was found on the back of Gregory Burroughs' right and left hands, but it was only found in one palm, his left, and Burroughs is right-handed.

As for Sinclair, gunshot residue was found on the back of her right and left hands and only in her right palm. According to her father, she is left-handed.

The gun found in Sinclair's right hand was a .380 caliber Ruger her father gave her about a week before her death. She kept it in the right side of her car between the seat and console, according to her father's testimony.

Day 1: Opening arguments made in Greg Burroughs manslaughter trial

Day 2: Greg Burroughs manslaughter trial

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